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Elton John faults religion for promoting gay hatred

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Organized religion fuels anti-gay discrimination and other forms of bias, pop star Elton John said in an interview published Saturday.

"I think religion has always tried to turn hatred toward gay people," John said in the London Observer newspaper's Music Monthly Magazine. "Religion promotes the hatred and spite against gays."

"From my point of view, I would ban religion completely," he said.

John also criticized religious leaders for failing to do anything about conflicts around the world.